3 Day Cooktown, Daintree and Outback Tour

Small group tour, Naturalist guide

  • Historical Cooktown & Daintree
  • Accom and meals included
Inc. all levies & taxes

3 Day Cooktown, Daintree and Outback Tour Info

3 Day Daintree, Cooktown & Outback

Want to see Cooktown and more in a 3 Day Tour with everything taken care of? This very small group tour takes you on an exclusive guided 4WD tour to the Daintree National Park, Cooktown, and the Atherton Tablelands.

This tour ticks all the boxes in terms of showing people the best of Far North Queensland! Visit Cooktown and its many surrounding attractions as you learn about this truly amazing ancient area of the world from our very experienced local Naturalist Guide.


  • Quality accommodation with private facilities
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • All National Park entries fees
  • Daintree River cruise
  • Entry to James Cook Museum


  • Tour departs Cairns and Port Douglas with a minimum of 4 passengers every Monday and Thursday (subject to availability)
  • Departs Cairns approx 7:15am and returns approx 6pm

Day 1 - Cairns to Cooktown

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Cooktown Sovereign Hotel

  • Pickup from accommodation
  • Arrive Copperlode Dam and Lake Morris, Cairns water catchment area. With an ‘exclusive permit’ 4WD through the rainforest and river crossings to view rare King Ferns.
  • Visit a World Heritage Rainforest Boardwalk where you’ll view giant Strangler Fig Trees.
  • Travel north checking out Bob’s Lookout before heading to Palmer River Roadhouse for lunch.
  • Heading on towards Cooktown & mysterious Black Mountain, climb some rugged terrain for a visit to Archer Point Lighthouse - a beacon to guide ships along the Great Barrier Reef.
  • From here head to Cooktown to your accommodation at the beautiful Sovereign Hotel.

Day 2 - Explore Cooktown

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Cape Tribulation

  • After breakfast enjoy a town tour of Cooktown and head up to Grassy Hill lookout for a look at fantastic views of Cooktown and its famous "River of Gold".
  • It’s then onto the Historic Captain James Cook Museum which is one of Queensland best museums, showcasing the remarkable history of this remarkable town. The museum follows the story of Captain James Cook’s enforced seven week stay at the Endeavour River, during which the first meaningful contact between Europeans and Indigenous Australian took place, to the days of the Palmer River gold rush, as well as personal stories and items from Cooktown’s early residents.
  • Then head down to the famous historical Lion’s Den Hotel for lunch and a refreshing drink (own expense). This is truly an Aussie icon built on the banks of the little Annan River, surrounded by 100 year old mango trees. Sign the wall like 100’s of visitor’s from all over Australia and the world have done for many years.
  • Head south towards Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. Engaging 4WD travel along the Bloomfield Track enjoying many scenic spots including Bloomfield Falls, Cedar Bay National Park, a boardwalk and more.
  • After arriving at Cape Tribulation, you are free to take a walk on the beach and head up to Kulki Lookout, before heading to your overnight accommodation in Cape Tribulation.

Day 3 - Cooktown to Cairns, Mossman Gorge & Port Douglas

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  • After a leisurely breakfast, head on towards Thornton Beach, adjacent to Queensland's fourth highest mountain, Thornton Peak at 1374m.
  • Then continue on to the Alexandra Lookout for spectacular views over the Daintree River mouth and beyond to Low isles on the Great Barrier Reef and Snapper Island.
  • Arrive at the famous Daintree River for the cable ferry crossing and onto your river cruise on one of the most diverse river systems in the world. Here you will enjoy our one hour cruise on the Daintree River where crocodiles and varied native bird species are spotted. This is your chance to see one of the longest river systems on the east coast of Australia through the eyes of a local, naturalist guide.
  • After the cruise just a short drive to the Daintree Tea House for a special lunch at one of the Daintree region’s oldest established restaurants with a choice to try delicious Barramundi Fish (other menu items are available) and exotic tropical fruits.
  • Finally head south along one of the nicest coastal drives in the world, the picturesque Captain Cook Highway towards Cairns, stopping at Mossman Gorge (the south-east corner of the Daintree World Heritage area) for a guided walk in the National Park, then followed by a 1.5 hour Dreamtime Walk and Traditional Smoking Ceremony, learning the traditions and culture of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people.
  • From here continue the journey to Cairns with a Port Douglas optional stop.
  • Your guide will drop you back to your accommodation in Cairns in the early evening.

What to bring:

  • Small bag with change of clothes and any personal items (10kgs only, no suit cases)
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes and clothes
  • Swimmers, towel
  • Hat, sunscreen SPF 30+
  • Insect repellent


  • Seasonal weather conditions and operational requirements may cause a variation in the tour itinerary. The operator reserves the right to substitute or modify if required
  • Departure and Return times are approximate.
  • Note: Minimum 4 people to operate



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